MAITLAND, Fla. — After dominating most of the competition they had seen to this point in summer league action on talent alone, Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook and D.J. White had their toughest individual tests in Thursday night's 101-76 loss to Miami. Oklahoma City fell to 1-3 at the Orlando Summer Pro League, notching their only win in the game Kevin Durant suited up to play. When roughly a quarter of the players at a summer league aren't going to make a team's roster, it typically makes for ragged play, so you have to look at these results much differently than you would a rare exhibition. You don't worry as much about poor transition defense as you do about watching players go against other quality players when the opportunity arises, which helps better project how their games are going to translate when the lights really come on. Westbrook shined against Miami's Mario Chalmers, emerging as the best player on a court that included No. 2 pick Michael Beasley, shooting 7-for-12 from the field and finishing with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. White and Green helped contain Beasley on the offensive end, holding him to a team-high 19 points, just over his average through four games. The duo did a nice job holding their own against the versatile 19-year-old, who led the NCAA in scoring and rebounding as a freshman at Kansas State. Green did a solid job bothering him with his athleticism and closing out when he could on the perimeter, but it was White who surprised most, going toe-to-toe with the player many expect will be the NBA's most effective rookie this season. White, the No. 29 pick in this past draft who was acquired from Detroit for a pair of second-rounders, benefited from the allotment of 10 fouls instead of the usual six as part of summer league rules, but all-in-all held his own. "He presents a lot of tough defensive assignments, but at the same time I think I have my own. It's difficult to guard him, just like it's difficult to guard me on the box, so I think I did very well,” said White, who finished with 13 points, six rebounds and seven fouls. "It's been a transition. I'm just trying to get accustomed to a new game, new style and a new role. "I know I'm not going to get all the touches that I got at Indiana, but I'm just trying to concentrate on taking my opportunities when they come, being aggressive, playing defense and rebound. Everybody knows I can score when I get an opportunity.” White, listed at 6-9, 250, averaged 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds as a senior at Indiana, earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors after shooting over 60 percent from the field. The scandal involving former OU head coach Kelvin Sampson didn't affect his production, but did contribute to Indiana bowing out early in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers' 86-72 loss to Arkansas was the last time he'd played significant game competition prior to this week. "This is my first time playing serious five-on-five since the season, because of workouts, playing in front of different teams and things like that,” said White, who admitted that it did affect his rhythm. "That's what I'm going to do after Friday, try and keep my conditioning up and try to get better. I'm going to work to get in the best shape of my life.” White will have one more opportunity to shine against NBA-caliber talent against Chicago on Friday, but won't have to contend with Tyrus Thomas, who has already gone home from this event. Joakim Noah and Cedric Simmons, both expected to make the Bulls' final roster, will be his primary assignments on the final day of play. The Bulls are 2-2.
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, center, drives between Miami Heat's Anthony Morrow, left, and Marco Killingsworth during an Orlando Pro Summer League game on Thursday. Associated Press
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